This episode of The Devil is a Part-Timer—the first in over 3,330 days—is all about reorientation and re-acclimation. We’ve got Team Maou, consisting of former Demon Lord Maou Sadao and his two generals Ashiya Shirou (now an anal-retentive househusband) and Urushihara Hanzou (now a NEET).
On Team Hero we’ve got the ever-irreproachable Yusa Emi, who lives in luxury compared to the former bad guys, and her elegant ally Kamazuki Suzuno (who shares a wall with the lads). Then there’s Team MgRonald: Maou, Sasaki Chiho (who harbors a crush on him) and their cool boss Kisaki.
We’ve also got Sariel, originally there to retrieve the Hero Emilia’s sacred sword, but now addicted to “Big Mags” but unlike the guy in Super Size Me does not wear it well.
Being gradually re-introduced to everyone, I had a feeling of things gradually coming back to me. I didn’t re-watch the first season…though I probably should have, as I’ve watched literally hundreds of series since. But in it’s leap from the Obama to Biden administration, I can report the show has lost none of it’s charm.
Ashiya futilely attempting to school Urushi on the finer points of housework (like how to work a…semi-automatic washer?) is fun, especially since these dudes used to be evil generals. Emi visits Suzuno and overhears their mundane bickering. Chi-chan jumps at the chance to help Maou when it rains and he forgot his umbrella.
The episode is full of little cozy laid-back moments…right up until an unknown creepy presence asserts itself.
The whole gang comes together in the outdoor hallway as the culprit behind everyone’s side glances finally makes its appearance: a cockroach, AKA Taro-kun, AKA Blatella Germanica, hilariously pixelated for our benefit. I truly love how that’s the biggest “threat” in this episode!
Hanzou and even Maou shrink before the sight of the rampaging insect, but it’s ultimately Suzuno who puts an end to all the excitement with her hairpin hammer, smushing the bug with authority and style. The episode could have had her miss and kept the madcap battle going, but it didn’t need to, and I’m fine with that.
Near the golden hour of another hot summer day one year since Maou & Co. arrived on Earth, the gang calls a collective truce to burn some flax stalks Chiho brought in preparation for Bon. The serene scene is interrupted by the appearance of a gate, out of which pops…a giant golden apple.
Maou and Emi then start lobbing insults at each other, leading to Emi drawing her sacred sword. She has every intention of slicing Maou in two, but he shields himself with the apple, which sprouts tiny arms that stop her strike dead. Out of the apple pops a tiny girl who sneezes and falls right to sleep.
They bring the girl inside, where she awakens, introduces herself as Alas Ramus, and proceeds to call Maou and Emi her “mama” and “papa”, like a baby animal imprinting itself on unwitting bystanders.
Only once all the familiar faces are accounted for does a new face show itself and shake up the status quo. I did not expect this show to ever return after so long, but by the end of this episode I’m very happy it did!